10 reasons to attend the IED conference

We highlight what you could gain from attending next month's IED conference in London.

Former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable will speak at the event
Former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable will speak at the event

On Wednesday 23 November, the Institute of Economic Development, in association with Planning and Placemaking Resource, will host its annual conference in London. The event offers the opportunity to meet more than 200 economic development and regeneration professionals from across the UK under one roof.

1 Listen to a keynote speech by former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable. Following his years in the coalition government, Cable will reflect on the new administration's changing economic policy approach and the risks and opportunities arising from Brexit.

2 Hear from Sir John Peace, chairman of the Midlands Engine project, on plans to boost growth and productivity across the region. Peace, the chairman of Burberry Group and Standard Chartered, will speak about the impact of Brexit, the role of banking in economic development, and the Midlands Engine and Northern Powerhouse agendas.

3 Learn from the leader of England's largest local authority about the prospects for growth and sustainable economic development in city regions. Birmingham City Council's leader John Clancy will discuss how to achieve the best result for your areas through devolution deals and explain how devolution is going to work in the West Midlands.

4 Discuss and debate the implications of Brexit for businesses, inward investment and regeneration. Panel members for the discussion will include economist Vicky Pryce, a board member of the Centre for Economics and Business Research, Anna Leach, head of economic analysis at the Confederation of British Industry, and Marian Sudbury, director of the Northern Powerhouse at the Department for International Trade.

5 Gain insight into how planning can help boost investment and growth, through housing and high-quality placemaking. Speakers include Steve Evison, deputy director at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Peter Paddon, planning and infrastructure consent specialist at the Department for International Trade, Nick Pollock, head of planning at the Duchy of Cornwall, and Lucie Bailey, associate director at Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.

6 Hear about methods to achieve greater geographical equality in sustainable growth. Philip McCann, professor of economic geography at the University of Groningen and David Crichton-Miller, chief executive officer of SQW Group, will talk about how regions outside London can secure sustainable growth. They will also explain the implications of the focus on city regions for rural economic development.

7 Understand how infrastructure can deliver the economic growth agenda. Stephanie Joslin, director of regeneration and partnerships at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and Chris Allington, managing director of Oxford Innovation, will talk about maximising the potential of infrastructure investments and the government's new National Infrastructure Commission.

8 Understand the future of devolution and the role of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield LEP and Professor Henry G Overman, director of What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, will discuss what impact LEPs have had, what challenges they face and what their role is under devolution.

9 Find out how improving local skills can boost economic growth. Jonathan Barr, policy analyst for the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the OECD, Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Dr Stephen Rosevear, director of Regeneris Consulting, will talk about how to meet the needs of local employers and opportunities for universities to help councils boost growth.

10 Identify ways to tackle the productivity gap. Steve Carr, deputy director of the West End Partnership and Duncan Brown, senior consultant at Emsi, will discuss ways of improving UK productivity and the necessary skill sets, behaviours and attitudes needed to achieve this.


The IED Annual Conference

When and where: 23 November 2016, The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London Cost: £269 + VAT for members, £349 + VAT for non-members Further details: http://www.planningresource.co.uk/iedannualconference/agenda

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